Asaph’s poetic song
1All rise! For God now comes to judge
as he convenes heaven’s courtroom. # 82:1 Or “the council of El.” The Aramaic reads “God now stands in the assembly of the angels, and he will judge in their midst.”
He judges every judge and rules in the midst of the gods, saying,
2“How long will you judges refuse to listen
to the voice of true justice and continue to corrupt what is right
by judging in favor of the wrong?”
Pause in his presence
3“Defend the defenseless, the fatherless and the forgotten,
the disenfranchised and the destitute.
4Your duty is to deliver the poor and the powerless;
liberate them from the grasp of the wicked.
5But you continue in your darkness and ignorance
while the foundations of society are shaken to the core!
6Didn’t I commission you as judges, saying,
‘You are all like gods, since you judge on my behalf.
You are all like sons of the Most High, my representatives.’
7Nevertheless, in death you are nothing but mere men!
You will be laid in the ground like any prince and you will die.”
8All rise! For God now takes his place as judge of all the earth.
Don’t you know that everything and everyone belongs to him?
The nations will be sifted in his hands!